Interview with Tenebrae In Perpetuum done on 7-15-19

Interview with Atratus vocals and music done for Tenebrae In Perpetuum done by Patrick

1.Hails Atratus how are things going with this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
All right here, thanks. Tenebrae In Perpetuum come from north-east of Italy and is active since 2001, through the release of 4 albums and various minor splits and other releases. I only add that Tenebrae In Perpetuum plays obscure and misanthropic Black Metal exclusively.

2.When did you first discover black metal music and who were the first bands you listened to?Who are some of your current favorite bands that you are listening to?
I discovered Black Metal in 1997 thanks to the reading of some metal magazines. I started by listening to the most mainstream bands like Cradle of Filth (Vempire) and then move on to Emperor (Anthems ...), Immortal (Pure Holocaust), Mayhem (Live in Leipzig), Marduk (Heaven ...), Satyricon (Nemesis Divina) and forward gradually in the deep underground movement. I have rarely listened to new Black Metal bands and records in the last 10 years. In the last few months I have listened to enough Mayhem - Ordo ad Chao, Thorns - Thorns and Gorrch - Nera Estasi.

3.When did you become interested in writing and playing music?What was the first instrument you learned to play?Are you self-taught or did you have lessons when first starting out?
The first instrument I played was been electric guitar and I never took lessons. I wrote my first songs in the fall of 1998, which were published on the first Beatrik demo-tape.

4.Are their any instruments that you would like to learn to play one day?
At the moment I would like to be able to use softwere better to produce the electronic sounds I'm interested. Then I would like to be able to play better guitar and bass, but even so I can do everything I'm interested and what I need at the moment.

5.Who are some of your influences and favorite musicians?
About Black Metal, the Scandinavian classics of the 1990s, of course, but in the last 10 years I have also been influenced by some more or less popular rock and electronic rock bands and artists. 

6.You started Tenebrae In Perpetuum back in 2001 when did you get the idea to start this band?How did you choose Tenebrae In Perpetuum as the name of the band does it have a special meaning?
Tenebrae In Perpetuum were born during a period of total and deep Black Metal mysticism in the fall of 2001.
When I thought the name, Tenebrae In Perpetuum seemed appropriate given my neo-Latin roots and the fact that I sing in Italian. I also believe that this name has a strong dark charge that perfectly fits the concept of the band. 

7.Anorexia Obscura is the newest release how long did it take to write the music for the new release?How long does it usually take you to complete one song?
The writing and production of the album was quite fast, between October 2018 and April 2019. When I have a period of inspiration, I prefer to concentrate totally on what I do so as to keep everything clear in my mind. The creation time of a song depends on various things, on its complexity and if I like it right away or if it needs other variations. Sometimes it lasts for several months. 

8.What are some subjects you wrote about on the new release?Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
Lyrics and vocals are always the last thing I write and register.
Anorexia Obscura talks about diseases of the mind and nervous system, experiments and self-induced torture through cold and sharp steel and silicon devices, oscillations that act on the mind and induce hypnosis, a tormented girl / angel / demon who watches over me and more. All in a very dark and sick atmosphere.

9.How do you feel the bands musicial style has changed over the years?Who would you say are Tenebrae In Perpetuum biggest influences?
At the beginning Tenebrae In Perpetuum were inspired by bands such as Darkthrone, Warloghe, Katharsis, the demos of Emperor, Carpathian Forest, Graveland and Veles and however by all the darkest works of Scandinavian and European Black Metal. At the beginning the music was simpler and more minimal but then the complexity of riffs and structures grew, to the point of inserting some little old school analog electronic element on this new album. 

10..Besides the upcoming Anorexia Obscura release are the bands previous releases still available to purchase?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
I still have some old releases available. Recently we also reprinted something of our old stuff, the demo and the 7 "on LP and the first album on LP and tape (Ordo MCM, 2017). Other releases instead are completely sold-out, especially those on vinyl. 

11.Besides working in Tenebrae In Perpetuum do you currently work with any other bands or solo projects if yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Currently my Beatrik project has been stopped since 2005 and I think it will never be picked up again. From 2016 I started writing some new experimental material, not metal but quite doom, which maybe one day will be published even if I don't know what the project will be called yet. I should get to work on it soon and it's very strange stuff, however. I don't even know what kind of music it can be. 

12.Atratus you live in Italy what is your opinion of Italy's black metal scene over the years?
Unfortunately I have not been following any Black Metal scene for at least 10 years. In Italy, as in every other country, there are certainly some valid bands and many useless. In the early 2000s I believe several good bands have emerged including Forgotten Tomb, Aborym (already active for several years), Altar Of Perversion, etc and maybe Tenebrae In Perpetuum and Beatrik also. It must be said that perhaps we Italians do not enjoy great international credibility and this makes it a bit more difficult to emerge as a band. I believe there are many Italian bands underrated because of this.

13.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Italy and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
About the old and historical bands surely early Necrodeath, Bulldozer, Altar Of Perversion, first Aborym while about the new bands I know very little but I could quote Gorrch.

14.What does black metal mean to you and how do you feel it has changed over the years?
For me, Black Metal is love for darkness, contemplation, solitude, isolation, mysticism. All this should always be valid, since Black Metal was born and until now. Black Metal must be violent music that inspires fear and restlessness but too often I hear bands that make melodic music to the limits of ridicule. I believe that Black Metal is a musical genre that can evolve in many different and interesting ways even if the real Black Metal must remain in very precise rules.

15.Thank you Atratus for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks to you for the support, I have nothing else to add. Regards!

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Total Hate--Throne Behind A Black Veil cd {Eisenwald} posted on 7-15-19

Total Hate--Throne Behind A Black Veil cd {Eisenwald}
Germany's old school black metal band Total Hate return with their fourth full length release,Throne Behind A Black Veil is eight tracks of  intense and chaotic black metal.The guitars are played with extremely fast guitar patterns.For the most part the guitars are played with fierce and fast patterns but the guitarist does slow to a more controlled pace and writes some well executed structures.The vocals are raw and grim black metal screams and some death metal growls are used in a few of the songs.Total Hate deliever a great release of cold and aggressive black metal that will be a gem to any and all black metal fanatics collection.

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Interview with Sathamel done by Patrick posted on 7-2-19

Interview with Sathamel  done  by Patrick

1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hello, We are Sathamel a black/death metal band from the UK.

2.When did you first start listening to metal music and who were the first bands that caught your attention?Who are some of your current favorites?
It varies, generally however in terms of metal, the usuals, metallica, iron maiden were the first bands we discovered either through family members or friends during early/pre-teen years. With regards to current favourites, within the band there are so many varied tastes, from the most obscure black metal bands such as Aoratos to the most straight forward heavy metal. Currently in rotation at the moment are the new Hate and Misthyrming albums

3.When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you all started Sathamel? How diid you choose Sathamel as the name of the band does it have a special meaning?
Possibly around 2009 I, KVN and Kruk met. We are the only "original" members. I would say we all crossed paths between 2008 - 2014 at first meeting. It is only since reforming the band late last year we began to work closely with one another.

4.What is the current line-up of the band?And for the readers who have never heard Sathamel's music how would you best describe the bands musical style?
The current lineup is Kruk - Vocals, KVN - Guitars, Cygnus - Guitars, Nadir - Bass and Rekyr - Drums. In terms of musical style we would say we are of "blackened death" ilk, and with our vocalist originally hailing from poland we get a few understandable comparisons to Hate and Behemoth for example - which is totally fine. Those bands influenced us greatly.

5.Horror Vacui is the bands debut release how long did it take the band to write the music for the debut?Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
The material of Horror Vacui took around 6 months from nothing to the stage where we were happy to book the studio time and began during the middle of february 2018. During this time it was just Myself and Kruk handling the material, we focused on creating material for demos in the hope of finding new members (writing 5 or 6 songs), or renewing the band as a studio project. little did we know within 4 months we would have a new band almost entirely with Cygnus entering the fold in the April. I remained the creative force but once Cygnus had added his mark into the band, offering most of what you will hear as the title track now the material began to take real shape. During the studio sessions it was Rekyr who brang a lot of extra ideas to the table in terms of extra vocal ideas and some arrangement. Sam at Ritual Sound (Producer) helped greatly with the extra orchestral elements and overall creative atmosphere in the studio.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some subjects you all wrote about on the debut release?Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
Kruk writes all the lyrics generally, and usually in isolation - most of the lyrics we were not aware of until tracking in the studio. Cygnus did have a vocal arrangement for Horror Vacui - with a different title and lyrical theme but this was amalgamated with Kruk's ideas.
The music comes first, the vocal arrangement then placed on top.

7.I believe the Horror Vacui is self-released would the band like to find a label to work with on future releases or do you prefer to self-release your own music?
A label would be nice, but we have turned some down in the past. We are just waiting on the right home for our music.

8.Besides the Horror Vacui release does the band have any other merchandise currently available for the readers to buy if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
We have merchandise available at
Our previous releases can be found on

9.Has Sathamel played live over the years or do you prefer to work in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows so far?Who are some bands that you have shared the stage with?
Up until the Hiatus in 2017 the band was fairly active in the UK scene. We have shared the stage with some fantastic bands over the years both hailing from the UK and abroad. Notables would be Old Corpse Road, Hecate Enthroned, Abhorrent Decimation, Daemona, The Infernal Sea, Sidious... We could go on. International bands include Belphegor, Hate, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Tribulation.
A definite highlight was supporting Fleshgod Apocalypse in Leeds, that was a definite "turning point" in one way for the band and one we look back on fondly. The "return" shows this May alongside our good friends Voltumna and Shadowflag are definite highlights.

10.Are their any tours or shows in support of the debut release if yes where will the band be playing?
We have a handful of shows currently announced and a few more in the pipeline unannounced - Our social media are the best places to keep updated. We are looking to focus on the end of 2019 and into 2020.

11.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
It is the spirit of metal - metal thrives on the DIY aspect and of the burning heart of those who support it. It's not a level of passion found in any other genres of music.

12.Beside working in Sathamel do you or any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about these?
Currently KVN is preparing alongside the rest of the band to bring Written In Torment to the stage, which was originally a One man project by a musician who goes by the moniker "leviathan"
Kruk is involved in a band Worldeater and just taking role of vocalist/frontman
Cygnus has been filling in live for a Thrash Metal band named Shrapnel
Nadir is the bass player for a doom band named Petrichor

13.Sathamel comes out of the U.K's blackend death metal scene what is your opinion of the scene in England over the years?
A great scene with thriving talent. Unsure why the UK appears left out compared to scandinavia and europe for example.

14.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of the U.K blackend death metal scene and are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?
The above mentioned.

15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you for the support.

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Cult Of Extinction--Ritual In The Absolute Absence Of Light cd.Lp{Iron Bonehead Records} posted on 7-1-19

Cult Of Extinction--Ritual In The  Absolute Absence Of Light cd.Lp{Iron Bonehead Records}
Cult Of Extinction is a one man band coming out of Germany's blackend death war metal scene.Ritual In The Absolute Absence Of Light is 8 tracks of brutal blasting blackened death metal with some very well written and performed passages.The guitar work is done with extremely fast and crazed guitar patterns but does slow to a more calm and mid paced range in a few of the songs.The vocals are low.gruff growls and screams.If you are a fan of brutal blackend death war metal then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Ritual In The Absolute Absence Of Light when it is available to purchase.
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Mylingar--Doda Sjalar cd {Amor Fati Productions} posted on 7-1-19

Mylingar--Doda Sjalar cd {Amor Fati Productions}
Sweden's Mylingar  return with their second full length release featuring seven tracks of barbaric,primitive blackend death metal.The vocals are a mix of harsh black metal screams and low,guttural death metal growls.The music is savage and primitive with both fast,crazed patterns with some slower mid paced parts mixed into the music.If you are a fan of primitive,barbaric blackend death metal then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Doda Sjalar when it is released.

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Interview with William D. Septic, the owner of Dawning Septic Productions doneon 6-14-19

Interview with William D. Septic, the owner of Dawning Septic Productions done by Patrick

1.Hello William how are things going in Canada these days? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
- Hi Patrick, things are fine here. To whom is reading, I am William from Dawning Septic Productions from Ottawa, Canada. 

2.When did you first discover metal music and who were the first bands you listened to? Who are some of the current bands you are listening to?
- This was quite some time ago in my teens and when some genres of the more extreme forms of metal were yet to be innovated. So, at that time for me it began with a combination of heavy metal bands like Judas Priest, Accept and Twisted Sister and soon after punk & crossover style bands like DRI, Discharge & Cryptic Slaughter. Well to name a few of many bands I currently listen to, I would say Concilivm, Wombbath, Sentient Horror, Outre Tombe, Satanic, Witch King, Crypts of Despair, Ossurarium, Vultur, Vhorthax, Abythic, Alastor, Tyrant Goatgaldrakona, Heresiarch, Brutality, Feral, War Possession, Cardiac Arrest, Ectoplasma, name some of many I do like and listen to in more recent times. 

3.Do you get to go to many concerts in your town or area? What have been some of the most  memorable shows you have witnessed? Who have been some of your favourite bands that you have seen live? 
 Yes, for sure, I don't always get to see everything but I try to get out when I can work around my life and work schedules. Some of the most memorable shows I have seen have been seeing Vomitory, Carcass, Sacrifice, Mayhem and Cruciamentum. As far as favourite bands live, this would be again with Vomitory & Carcass and also other bands like Angel Corpse, Grave, Emperor, Dark Funeral, Blood Red Throne & Morbid Angel.

 4.William you started the label in 2018 when did you first get the idea to start a label? Do you run the label by yourself or do you have some friends that help out?
- Yes, the label came into existence in May 2018 and the idea for it began a few years back actually. Currently it is run by myself but that may change in the future, we'll see.

 5.Are you happy with how everything has gone so far? Would you have any advice to anyone thinking of starting a label?
- For the most part yes but it has taught me some things and given me more insight surrounding it all which has been quite interesting I admit. Sure, be certain on how you wish to represent yourself and the label's theme or outlook. Don't hesitate to stick to the things you agree to or don't agree to, keep a budget and know your limits with it, communicate thoroughly and clearly and expect the same from others and don't commit to anything you can't commit to and never make any promises you are either not sure you can keep or simply can't keep.

6.Are you currently looking for new bands to work with and release or is the roster full at this time? What styles of metal do you release and work with?
- Currently, there are more things in the works and coming out this July and Summer time but after that, we will see how things go and what happens. The main interests for the label are old school death metal, blackened death metal and war metal, however we have released some death/thrash and will be releasing a band soon with some grind influences as well. Despite that, we do try to keep with the label's theme and interests. 

7.What are some of your current releases that are available to the readers? And are their any releases coming out soon that the readers should watch out for?
- Recently and just released is Concilivm - The Veiled Enigma on CD, they are a blackened death metal band from Chile that are absolutely wicked! There is also Obscure Devotion – Ubi Certa Pax Est on CD, which is a reissue CD of blackened death metal from Italy that was co-released with DSP and Dark Horizon records together. We also have Deathmarch - Dismember & Bloodphemy – In Cold Blood on pro-tape who are two old school death metal bands from the Netherlands yet they both have their different sounds, concepts and unique styles of death metal too. Also, we have Satanic – From Hell & Hellborn – Pillage in the Land of God on pro-tape and both these bands are from Quebec, Canada and a great to see live! Satanic offers the listener an old school form of death/thrash and Hellborn brings out more of an old school death metal style. Coming up next for releases is Cryptivore – Unseen Divinity on digipack CD, this Australian band delivers a mixture of old school death metal & grindcore. This a reissue of this demo that has been remixed/remastered and now includes 3 additional bonus tracks. It is also a co-release with us and Vaginal Autopsy Records from Portugal and it should be out towards later July 2019!

 8.Do you trade a lot with labels and distro's around the world or do you prefer to do wholesale? What styles of music do you carry in your distro?
 - I have done some different trades here and there since the label began and a bit of wholesale as well. For the distro part of the label we carry all the metal genres we release plus other styles like brutal death metal, black metal, thrash, grindcore & crust.

 9.Who are some labels that you have worked with and traded with? If any labels or distros are reading this where can they contact you about possible trades?
- We have worked with Dark Horizon records from the USA with a co-release on CD and are currently working with a new label called Vaginal Autopsy Records from Portugal for a co-release on an upcoming CD as well. So far, we have traded with War Productions, PRC Music, Von Frost Records & Dark Horizon Records to name some. For trades or wholesale, its best to just contact us and send a message through our facebook page.

 10.William you live in the great country of Canada what is your opinion of the Canadian metal scene over the years?
- I think from the 1990’s until now, things have expanded much further than how they used to be for shows, venues and where bands would go to play on their tours. So, it has definitely grown with interest and beyond the bigger cities and with the newer generations too taking an interest in it too.

11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Canada? And are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out?
 - I liked Cryptopsy, especially in their earlier times with the original lineup and am quite proud to have seen them live in theses times as well. Other bands I liked were Corpus, Nefarious, Deamon and November Grief. For newer Canadian bands, I like and recommend Altered Dead, Reversed, Entity, Atroce, Kremlin, Outre-Tombe, Hellborn, Satanic, Saccage & Oath Div. 666.

12.Besides bands are their any other honest and reliable labels and distro's you feel the readers should check out? What about good web or fanzines that you like to read?
- Yes absolutely, I can say Dark Horizon Records, War Productions, Von Frost Records & PRC Music. Outside of the label end of things and on my own personal experiences for labels and purchases, I also like Dark Descent Records, Blood Harvest, Ironbonehead, Memento Mori, Transcending Obscurity Records and Hammerheart Records. For online zines, I like and recommend Blessed Altar Zine. They cover a lot of new releases with reviews & interviews and have special editions as well.

13.When you need to take a break from working on label business what do you like to do in your free time?
- In a way the music side of things doesn’t stop, so other music related things I do is searching for and checking out new or unknown bands to hear out their material, I also write and jam out my own music that I am working on plus listening to music in general as well. Otherwise, work, reading, collecting music & some comics, to seeing live bands, I also have interests in arts, the paranormal, nature, ancient history & travel.

 14.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
 - Underground Metal to me, is the non mainstream and not as well-known forms of extreme metal music that relates more to a certain few and not to an accepted majority. It usually compiles of a raw form or sound and carries a certain obscurity or darkness with it. 

15. Thank you William for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
- Well first off, thank you for having me for this interview Patrick and thank you Winter Torment Webzine!
Sure for the readers, believe in yourself, believe in what you know to be real in life and not what you are either told or see in any general media gossip platform, support the bands, the labels, go to shows and keep all this going and don’t let the physical mediums of music be condemned to just digital formats either! Cheers and all the best! – William (DSP)

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